BELDEN, Miss. (WTVA) -- What will the future hold for north Mississippi's young people?
Well, it doesn't take a crystal ball!
It's day one of a summer camp of a different sort.
The 2012 Tek2Go Manufacturing the Future camp offers a glimpse of what could be the future for young people in attendance.
"It's better than school because it's more hands-on stuff and that's what I like to do. I don't like just sitting at a desk," Jackson Kenney said.
Work has begun on what will eventually be a metal clock they will make with their own hands.
"I like getting into stuff and making stuff and I really want to do the laser and metal thing that they're talking about," Branekia Marshall said.
The goal of the camp is to get them interested in advanced manufacturing at a young age.
Who knows where they will end up, but organizers hope some will want to work at a north Mississippi industry.
"What we're trying to do is just to do something from basic, grassroots effort to expose kids to advanced manufacturing and open up their minds and whichever way they choose to head is great. We just want to make sure they have as much exposure as possible," Community Development Foundation's Todd Beadles said.
"It's really fun. I got to meet new people and I'm learning all these jobs," Elizabeth Hale said.
By the end of the week, each student will have experience designing a product and ultimately producing one.